Multi-purpose centre opens
A NEW multi-purpose hall and outdoor learning space are already proving a hit with students at the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School.
The facilities include a covered outdoor learning space with enough room to play tennis and basketball and a hall equipped with a stage, viewing balcony, a music tutorial room, a kitchen and a rock-climbing wall.
Local architects Toni Appleton, Julie Lipsett and Malcolm Price from Social Habitat designed and managed the construction of the new facilities. With brilliant acoustics and a capacity to seat 200 people, the community can look forward to staging sport and entertainment.
Year 11 student Adena Rumble, 17, said she can't wait to perform on the new stage.
"Our Year 11 drama class will perform a play here next term and it will be amazing to have proper curtains and lights and an enclosed area to perform in," Adena said.
The facilities were constructed with $2 million in funding from the Federal Government's Building the Education Revolution program along with $300,000 from the school. The $42 billion economic stimulus program has funded the construction of new school facilities across Australia.
Co-acting principal Katie Biggin said the school was grateful for the funding.
"The funding was extensive and a small independent Steiner School like us doesn't have a lot of grants apart from those funded through the government, so we're absolutely thrilled with it," Ms Biggin said.
Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham will officially open the new facilities at 5.30pm tomorrow followed by performances from students.
Teacher Steve Richards said his students were already making use of the indoor rock-climbing wall and both students and teachers were thrilled with the upgrade.
"It has been a great result for the school," Mr Richards said.